We last saw Mr. of Darkness make his OCR debut in collab form with Shnabubula on a classic Final Fantasy VI joint; now he's back and flying solo for some heavier C&C:RA action:
"The original inspiration behind this song came from watching the Youtube video of Frank Klepacki play Hell March and Hell March 2 with Video Games Live. Instantly I thought, "Wow, that's an awesome idea!". At that time I finally had a new computer which could handle the immense power of several instances of Symphonic Orchestra at once. I preserved many of the riffs and drum parts that came originally, and pretty much wrote an entire orchestra score to compliment the riffs."
Judges had but one beef: The initial sub had a weaksauce snare. Tony was awesome and sent us a version with the snare appropriately strongsauced, and the rest was history. This mix is face... as in, in yours: ambient sounds of warfare set the stage for an epic blend of majestic, forceful orchestral and metal that, quite simply, has its way with you. The way the bass foreshadows the mayhem that's about to ensue before the wave actually hits is great, everything's VERY well blended considering the dense EQ range all these components chew up, and most importantly, ass is kicked. You can't really have ANYTHING with the phrase "Hell March" involved be all puppies and flowers and pleasantries, now, can you? Mr. Butterfield says:
"Awesome expansive take on the Hell Marches, still maintains the throat-gripping intensity of the originals. The switching of focus between the guitars and orchestra works really well."
I'm lucky I got that much to quote, since this was essentially golden to begin with, although the snare tweaks only made a great mix better. We don't get a lot of C&C, so when we do it's nice to see Klepacki's iconic score done great justice and launched every zig; Tony's absolutely hit the sweet spot here, capturing everything that made the original(s) amazing while taking them in his own twisted, testosterone-packed direction. If anyone, anyone at all, was thinking "Who's this Prince of Darkness fellow collaborating with the likes of Shnabubula?" back on their collab, this solo mix is all the answer one could ever need. The changeup at 3'12" essentially means two-mixes-for-the-price of one, but there's no jarring medleyitis symptoms since instrumentation and tone remain consistent. Judges were concise for a reason - this one's a bona-fide humdinger that should make fans of C&C, metal, marches, AND hell all very, very happy.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (Virgin, 1996, WIN)
Music by Frank Klepacki
- "Hell March"
- Electric Guitar, Orchestral, Strings
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